Cabinet & Countertop Inspirations

Cabinet and hardware manufacturers continue devising new options to help organize your kitchen. As you plan a remodel, remember to discuss cabinet accessories with your designer ... they will help the efficiency and organization of your kitchen. Here are a few of the items to consider.

As we wrap up this blog series on range hoods, a few final aspects to consider are:

  • Range Hood Width -- Regardless of the type of range hood chosen, the range hood should be as wide ... or slightly wider ... than your cooktop. This provides a canopy, or capture area, that effectively traps the heat and impurities as they rise. For a 30" stove, the range hood width needs to be between 30" and 36."

The blower in a range hood is sized, or rated, by CFM ... the cubic feet of air moved per minute. It is important to correctly size a range hood based on your stove, room size, and ductwork. In this blog, we will look at ways to calculate the CFM requirements for your kitchen.

Cabinet & Countertop Inspirations

Ready, Set ... Remodel!

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Spring is in the air … one of the most popular times of the year to remodel.  With the snow gone and kids still in school, it is a great time to plan and begin the process.  Here are a few items to consider in your planning:

  • Your home’s architectural style.  Start outside and work your way in. You chose your home because the architectural style appealed to you.  Keep the entire home … outside and inside … cohesive. If you have a cottage style home, your designer can help you choose elements for your remodeling project, such as the cabinet door style, that complement the overall feel of your home.
  • The good, the bad & the ugly. While you are planning, use magazines, Pinterest, Houzz and other design sources to find photos of spaces that appeal to you, fit your style or achieve the desired look. Don’t forget to keep photos of spaces you don’t like! This will help your designer know what direction to avoid.  These pictures can be kept in a folder or electronically.
  • Understand your routine. As you plan your remodel, work to understand how you use the space.  Where does the mail get placed at the end of the day? Where do you charge cell phones and tablets? With this understanding, you can design space into your home to handle these items. Also, keep paper close by to capture any frustrations with your current space or items that must be included in the project (e.g., breakfast bar).

  • Color. Now may be the time to move to another portion of the color wheel.  Pay attention to your surroundings and look for colors that you like or draw you in. Purchase paint samples and try them out on a wall in the “old” space.  This will help you decide and allow you to see the color throughout the different lighting of the day.
  • Heavy metal.  Early in the process, make it a priority to look for appliances.  This should not be an 11-th hour action. Depending on the timing of your last appliance purchase, you may find a significant improvements in technology. Deciding which appliances will be used in your remodeling project is important to ensure the design incorporates their requirements (dimensions, utility needs).

With proper planning, a remodeling project will go smoother, faster, and will avoid costly change orders. Give us a call if you have any questions about planning a kitchen or bathroom remodel.  We would be happy to help answer your questions.